U.S. Designates Haqqani Network as Terrorist Group

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 7 2012 11:31 AM

It's Official: The Haqqani Network Is a "Terrorist" Group

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An activist of Muttahida Sheri Mahaz burns US flag during a protest in Multan on July 7, 2012, against the recent US drone attack

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The Obama administration on Friday officially designated the Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based, al-Qaida-linked organization, as a terrorist group.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had until this Sunday to meet a congressional deadline concerning Haqqani's designation. The Associated Press explains that the formal move will force more broad U.S. sanctions against the organization, though some are already in place.

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The designation is complicated by the network's ties to Pakistan intelligence authorities. In the past, the U.S. has accused Inter-Services Intelligence of supporting Haqqani attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. More recently, the Haqqani network has been linked to a hotel attack outside of Kabul that left at least 20 dead.

The news follows on the heels of the death of Badruddin Haqqani, the third-ranking leader of the group, who was killed last week in a U.S. drone strike, the Washington Post reports.

Abby Ohlheiser is a Slate contributor.

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